set your life on fire

ecstatic

If you’re feeling small, I’m here to remind you of what the great poet Rumi said, you are the universe in ecstatic motion. You don’t have to take my word for it, but if you’re feeling a bit disoriented and need some pointers, I’m offering my services as astrological counsel as part of Belladonna’s annual auction.

If you’ve got an accurate birth time, and location, I’m happy to read your chart for you. The natal chart is a beautiful metaphor and map of potentials for your life. Let’s have a look and see what it says. More details here: http://www.belladonnaseries.org/auction/?ult_auc_id=2070.

And even if astrology’s not your thing, please check out Belladonna’s auction, there are hundreds of fantastic items: books, artwork, memberships, experiences, wonderful gift ideas. All proceeds support Belladonna’s important work. Since the election, Belladonna has begun to discuss how we can use our resources toward sanctuary and continue our independent, feminist work of amplifying radical and non-normative voices so seldom represented in the mainstream culture. You can help.

Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.
Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.

― Rumi

Poetry Project Newsletter #247

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The April / May 2016 issue of the Poetry Project Newsletter is available online now.

This issue includes:
Matthew Burgess in conversation with Ron Padgett; Margarita Shalina on St. Mark’s Bookshop, Poetry by Alice Notley, Art by Alberto Borea and reviews: Caitie Moore on Don Mee Choi; Mel Elberg on Tony Iantosca; Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves on Ariel Goldberg; Jess Mynes on Tom Raworth; Phillip Griffith on Carrie Lorig; Stephen Boyer on Rob Halpern. Enjoy!

Poetry Project Newsletter #246

246coverThe February / March issue of the Poetry Project Newsletter is now available for download on the Project site here.

In addition to all the regular Project goings on, #246 includes poetry from Amber Atiya, art from Steffani Jemison and Oasa DuVerney, a conversation between Barbara Henning & Patricia Spears Jones and reviews from Jess Mynes (on Anselm Berrigan); Cornelia Barber (on Melissa Buzzeo); Jai Arun Ravine (on Gabriel Ojeda-Sague); Sara Jane Stoner (on Sueyeun Juliette Lee); Miller Oberman (on Patricia Spears Jones); a William Carlos Williams crossword puzzle & more!

Thanks to all the contributors who made this one a beautiful issue.

Vox Mom

wheelI’m really pleased to have been able to contribute some work to the folio curated by Kristen Prevallet for Vox Mom on the theme of change. The constancy of change invites reflection on the nature of Impermanence. Thich Nhat Hanh reflects “Thanks to impermanence everything is possible... Warm welcome and long live impermanence.” May we all be so gracious when confronted with change.

Check out some poems on the theme by Carol MirakoveCheryl Boyce TaylorMay JosephDanielle VogelWendy BarnesCaroline CrumpackerBillie ChernicoffBetsy AndrewsRosa Alcalá and myself.

Thank you, Kristen for this opportunity.

#PopJustice

just#PopJustice: Social Justice and the Promise of Pop Culture Strategies

I’m pleased to have been able to work with Liz Manne recently to contribute on the #PopJustice reports.

Intended for funders, advocates, and entertainment industry professionals interested in the promise and potential of popular culture as an agent of change, the reports are now available for download at http://www.lizmanne.com/popjustice.